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Mojito Cocktail Cookies

November 27, 2012

 

I'll admit it. I have an on-going love affair with Mojito cocktails and my devotion knows no bounds. I love them so much I actually started growing my own mint so I could make them more often, and have been known to show up at summer parties with a bag full of limes, a bottle of rum and a handful of fresh mint. I even put fresh lime slices and mint in my water bottle when I play beach volleyball (delicious, by the way). Sadly, when the warm beach days end, many fair-weather Mojito drinkers turn their backs on this refreshing muddle of flavours. But not this girl!

With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, and visions of cookie exchanges dancing in my head recently, I decided to bring together all those Mojito flavours that I love and bake them into a festive cookie. Then, when I heard that Manitoba Canola Growers and Food Bloggers of Canada had put out the call for canola oil-based holiday cookie recipes, I knew it was time for me to get baking.

Using canola oil instead of butter in a cookie may not be something that you're used to, but it's really worth trying, both for the health benefits and for the great things it does to a cookie's flavour and texture. Using canola oil in place of butter gave my cookies a beautiful chewy interior and lovely crisp bite. And there's another benefit that hadn't even occurred to me until I started baking - using canola oil means no lugging out the hand mixer to beat butter and sugar, and no irritating beater washing afterwards. Instead, it's just a few easy flips of a whisk and spoon through the ingredients, saving loads of time and making for an easy, quick to make holiday treat.

Rolling each cookie in sugar before baking adds to the enticing texture of the cookie, as well as giving it an extra holiday sparkle. You can also add a pinch of lime zest to the sugar for a little extra lime zing and a pop of colour. While I do love the flavour fresh mint brings to the party, if you don't have any on hand, an 1/8 of a teaspoon of peppermint extract will do the trick.

Mojito Cocktail Cookies

2 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar (+2 tbsp additional set aside for rolling)
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
3/4 cup canola oil
juice and zest of one lime
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint (try the chiffonade chopping technique to create tiny ribbons of mint, or just finely chop)
1 tablespoon rum (dark, gold or spiced rum give the cookies more flavour, but white works fine too)

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt and baking soda until blended
In a smaller bowl, whisk together canola oil, lime juice and zest, chopped mint and rum until well mixed

Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring together with a spoon until the mixture starts to resemble wet sand (ah, memories of summertime beaches...)

Form the dough with your hands into small balls, then spread the reserved sugar onto a plate and roll each ball in the sugar, coating completely

Place cookies 2 inches apart on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet

Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and let rest for five minutes on the baking sheet before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Thanks for sharing your passion for mint, limes and all things fresh n' fun! What a truly unique flavour combination for a cookie. I would just love to grab one off the plate and have a taste.
Best of luck in the contest.
Be Well...Jenn



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